on the News Stands: April issue of GrassRoots Motorsports

on the News Stands: April issue of GrassRoots Motorsports

Postby exST165 » Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:33 am

This month's issue has their review of the GRM $2008 Challenge and there is not one but TWO pictures of my (old) Alltrac! Pages 46 and 72 IIRC.

Yes we placed 47 out of 52 competitors but our victory was that we didn't DNF after the Alltrac threw a rod bearing. One important point that they got wrong in the short description (I didn't expect my life story - we were 47th after all) was that it was my team-mate Tom Cooper who busted his hump to keep our Alltrac in the fight, I was handing him wrenches and helping as best as I could while he did all the heavy lifting.

I want to thank not only Tom Cooper and Paul Kruger (who some here might remember) but also Steve Huges who came out and helped me on the car. Steve - shoot me your mailing address, I have a copy of GRM here for you!

I've since sold the Alltrac and it has gone on to a better place - ice racing in Minden to be exact. I'm still sticking with turbo 4 cylinder vehicles as I've picked up a '87 Merkur XR4Ti to play with with dreams of the $2009 Challenge.

Thomas
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Postby Shaggz00 » Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:41 pm

nice! I stil lhaven't seen the issue yet. For some reason they still have February on the stands.... I look forward to seeing you this october! We'll be back with the Supra
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Postby exST165 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:43 am

Avi,
good to hear from you! The write up on your car mentions you and the cage you fabricated - as it should, that was a nice bit of fabrication!

Progress on my new project is very slow (it has a dual pump setup and I think the low pressure in tank pump is dead so it doesn't rev) and getting time off work next October could be an issue so we'll have to see. With luck I'll be there next October!

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Postby RWDragoon » Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:41 pm

Awesome!
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Postby Shaggz00 » Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:00 am

Sweet! lol. I can't wait to see it! I also can't wait for october!

Some things we learned:

we NEED better tires,
we NEED fuel management
we also should port the wastegate :)
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Postby exST165 » Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:57 am

R-compound rubber is a must to compete in the auto-x. I would suggest finding a race-shop and raiding their discarded tire pile. All you need is a couple of good runs out of tires so almost dead is just fine. I think I have a source for 15" tires next year for cheap, ie: dumpster diving.

Do you know if you have any easy fixes to shave time off your quarter-mile? Other than tires of course.

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Postby hacker_720 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:56 pm

Hey, thanks for thinking of me. Wish I could have done more.

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Postby hacker_720 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:01 pm

I got the mag in the mail the other day, it was pretty cool to see my name in there, thanks again.
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Postby exST165 » Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:11 am

Least I could do in return for your help Steve.

With some luck I'll make it to the '09 Challenge with something healthy and able to run. At this point it won't be Japanese, much less an Alltrac, but at least it will be a turbo-charged 4 cylinder motor. As long as you have no problems with tubo Fords you are more than welcome to come on down and spin some wrenches on Team Frozen Nuts Racing's latest project.

The biggest challenges at this point are getting time to work on it and getting time off work to attend next year's Challenge. That and the car is pretty beat up and needs lots of help.

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Postby hacker_720 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:47 am

Yes, I would love to give you a hand again, I'm not sure when right now, but I think I will have time this summer.
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Postby exST165 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:43 am

Don't worry Steve, I don't know when I'm going to get a chance to work on her either!

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